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13 College Date Ideas That Don't Involve The Dining Hall

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1. Spark some friendly competition with a game sesh.

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A lil' rivalry ALWAYS keeps things interesting. Winner gets to buy the post-game ice cream!

2. Make a video of a typical day on campus together.

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There's NO life like the college life. Spend a day capturing the good, the lazy, and the awkward on camera and have a lasting compilation of evidence to turn to when you graduate. *Happy tears*!

3. Go to a screening of a movie neither of you have heard of.

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Campus movie screenings are diverse and FREE! BYO popcorn, an open mind, and a critical eye so you can discuss over coffee at the student union later.

4. Or a sports event you've never been to before.

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Bond together as you witness new displays of athleticism for the first time. May we suggest Ultimate Frisbee?

5. Experiment with your artsy sides and draw portraits of each other.

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Unless one of you is an art major, of course — then you frame the thing!

6. Start your own private book club.

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You don't have to read at the library, either. Pick a more laid-back spot to get your literary juices flowing, and yes — gossip is totally allowed during discussion breaks.

7. Get outside and do some good together.


Put your green thumbs to work on campus or in the local community. You'll be making the world a better place while you’re making each other’s days. ;)

8. Play tourist off campus.

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Matching fanny packs optional.

9. Search a flea market for gems.

Don't worry if you don't actually buy anything — the point is to see each other's quirks through what treasure you pick out...and then take a bunch of ridiculous photos to document the experience!

10. Pick a totally random town nearby and go get lost.

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Step 1. Grab your phone.

Step 2. Open Maps.

Step 3. Close your eyes and let your finger magically point you to your next destination! (If you want to go old school and use an actual local map, have at it!)

11. Play with pups for a day.


Check with local shelters about walking dogs who need some love. A pooch guarantees no awkward silences (i.e. *cricket sounds* Oh, look at Rupert, he is trying to tear down that tree! LOLOLOL) and SO MUCH FUN!

12. Hit a state park to get your outdoor adventure on.

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Being outdoors and with your crush? That's just *da best*. There's so much you can do: hiking, biking, kayaking...watching the sunset together... *sighs*.

13. And have a late-night snack under the stars.

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Turn off your phones so it's just you two lovebirds staring at the glowing sky and into each other's eyes — over a tub of guac. ❤️

Go on, make those memories...and THEN go in for the kiss. Experience every date to the fullest with ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. Click for Important Safety Information.

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